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Old 08-05-2015, 10:23 AM   #1
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X17Z leaking in front bunk end

Hello all. This is the problem I have

The clear plastic channel that the tent end is attached to the trailer with is cracked right around a screw. When it rains the water runs into this channel and drips thru the crack. I have tried to silicon it up and seal it, but the water still leaks thru eventually. I really want to try and fix without replacing the entire tent end. Any suggestions? Can you seal this clear channel from the outside on the top, to prevent water getting into this channel ?

Would really appreciate any suggestions or things that have worked for other owners. Thanks
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:49 AM   #2
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It seems to me that water should not even be getting this far. The seal around the bed panel may not be making full contact on the front wall. How old is this trailer? Do you treat the bed seals with protectant?

Or is this leaking when the bed is open for camping? Even then, some sort of sealant should prevent the leak.
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Sorry I should have mentioned this. It only leaks when the tent end is opened, No problems at all when its fully closed. I can see the water in this clear channel, Is this normal. I will have to check the other end . Thx
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Like "Doc" mentioned, how old is it and what model is it! I also don't think water is entering at this point.
First thing I would do is add a washer at this location to hold it up. Next I would lower the bunk end but not put the tent up. Then I would stand in the tent ( shoes off) and inspect that outer edge bead all the way across and see where it's not tight and maybe add another screw and washer on the inside. While your standing on the tent inspect the rain gutter above the tent and check all those screws and make sure their all screwed in straight and I bet their not. You can buy tiny rubber "O" rings for those screws and that should give you a water tight seal for the gutter.
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Old 08-05-2015, 02:24 PM   #5
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Tunce has it spot on! That's what I would do.
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:05 AM   #6
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Hello all. This is the problem I have

The clear plastic channel that the tent end is attached to the trailer with is cracked right around a screw. When it rains the water runs into this channel and drips thru the crack. I have tried to silicon it up and seal it, but the water still leaks thru eventually. I really want to try and fix without replacing the entire tent end. Any suggestions? Can you seal this clear channel from the outside on the top, to prevent water getting into this channel ?

Would really appreciate any suggestions or things that have worked for other owners. Thanks
We had two of our bunk ends fixed under warranty by Jayco. When we first bought our trailer, someone had backed a truck into the front bunk tenting on the camper tearing a big hole in it. the dealer replaced that with a new tent, but drove the screws into this plastic bead too tight and caused it to split around the screw heads.

The same problem existed on the side bunk of our X18D, from the factory. Same problem, screws driven in too tight.

Like you I assumed that I would need brand-new tents, but Jayco fixed both ends under warranty by seam ripping the plastic bead off and sewing a new bead on. So, it may not be as spendy to do as you might think. It took about 2 weeks IIRC. I'd give them a call and see how much they charge.
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:40 AM   #7
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HI Everyone. Thanks for the ideas. I did try putting washers on the screws and ensure they were tight. The leaking still occurred.

I did however take a high end silicon and loosened the inside screws, and on the outside of the tent end, I sealed top side of the tent end where the folded side goes into the clear channel, I did this from the top and approx 1/2 way down on either side. This sealed the topside of the tent end to the trailer. Spent a week in upper state New York and had several good storms and all night rains, and no leaks. So far so good.


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